THE BRONX - The families who were displaced from their Shakespeare Avenue building following a fire say they are worried about where they will be for the upcoming holidays since they are still waiting to return.

Residents say the city's Department of Buildings ordered some fifty people to evacuate after a fire ripped through the building on Dec. 4. Inspectors found the building was not properly equipped with emergency escape routes.

The Red Cross has been providing shelter for the displaced residents, which includes 22 children. Some residents say they had heard they might be able to return home as early as Dec. 20, but are still uncertain.

News 12 The Bronx spoke to city officials who say the residents can move back in as soon as the landlord addresses the safety issues.

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